Resolution #1: Read a self-improvement book
As I mentioned yesterday, the Pragmatic Programming book inspired me for:
Resolution #2: Learn a new Skill
For me, this usually means I learn a new programming language. I’ve picked PHP for this year since WordPress is written in PHP, I’m pretty sure it’ll come in handy and I’ll be more likely to use it and not let the skill rust away. I always find learning a new language is easier if you have a project in mind and so I’ve decided to play around with Google‘s chart API and see what I can so with it. I also have been thinking about putting together a PHP/mySQL site to help with another resolution, the one I’ve gotten some much needed motivational help with which I’ll go over tomorrow.
We’re a week into the new year, how are your resolutions holding up? I’m actually pretty excited about them this year so I started a couple of them a little early and the one that I’m no so excited about I’ve put off starting so I can get a little help in the motivation department. As I get back into the blogging spirit this week I’m going to cover my resolutions, and if you’re a programmer I’ll highly suggest the first two. Here’s #1:
1. Read a self-improvement book: I’m not talking about anything from the self help section, I’m talking about learning something general that you can use to make your life better. Job related books are definitely a good place to start. I like to get something that’s about programming and computers in general or that can help me improve my interpersonal skills. This year I’m reading Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software. Last year I listened to How to Win Friends & Influence People, and the year before that I read The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master Pragmatic Programmer actually inspired Resolution #2, which you’ll hear about tomorrow.
It’s 2008 and one of the things I’ve been working on is an updated website for ProgrammerDay.info. I threw the last one together very quickly using WordPress. The need for a database connection meant the site went down and went down hard when it hit the front page of Fark. I’ve been looking into better hosting for next year and using plugins like wp-cache to help take the brunt for 2008, but having the main portion of the site not require a DB connection seemed wise and I wanted to learn more about running a site and web design anyway. I liked the Chic02 design on OSWD.org (Open Source Web Design) so I decided to run with it, It’s not live yet but I you can get a sneak peek at the 2008 Programmer Day Page and I would appreciate any feedback!
Gift Card Labs popped up on Comission Junction and it seems pretty interesting, you can make a Visa gift card with your picture on it and a personalized message. Here’s their marketing description:
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Something to think about as an alternative to the store specific gift cards that often don’t get fully used, and a little more thoughtful than a wad of cash.
Today I want to give my thanks to you! Thank you for stopping by, for reading, and if you have commented thank you for that too! For you US readers I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and best of luck if you brave the holiday sales. We’re entering the ‘Holiday Season’ a time of friends, family, and fellowship, I hope you’re looking forward to it as much as I am!